Closing of St. Vincent’s Shrinks Women’s Delivery Options
Closing of St. Vincent’s has resulted in a predicament for pregnant women who were counting on the hospital and its exclusive staff for their deliveries.
Anna Noyes, 32, a costume designer who lives in Jersey City and is due any day, said, “I wanted to know if I was going to be harassed every five minutes by the anesthesiologists”.
That conversation was partially why Ms. Noyes moved to St. Vincent’s while 32 weeks pregnant, after being discontented with the support she got elsewhere for a drug-free delivery.
But with the board of St. Vincent’s Medical Centers having voted to shut down the hospital, New York is losing important community services, an obstetrics department which was believed to be exclusive in the city. It was extremely midwife-friendly, and operated by Dr. George Mussalli, whose own practice explains itself as an advocate of “minimally invasive obstetrics”.
The array of alternatives at St. Vincent’s, in Greenwich Village, was about as extensive as any pregnant women could want, whether you require a planned Caesarean or you want to give birth at home on your couch, it was geared for everything.
St. Vincent’s was deemed to be the hospital of choice for home midwives in the incident that they required to shift a patient. Elan McAllister, the President of Choices in Childbirth that supports the full variety of childbearing alternatives for women, said, “We’ve just lost our oasis in the city”.
It is strange that in a city where you can live however you desire, there are hardly any places where women can give birth however they fancy.
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